Our A* Victory vs Pearson. David 1: Goliath 0

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Yesterday we heard the news that we had finally won our case with Pearson/Edexcel about an A* grade in Art GCSE.  Despite several negative responses to appeals and complaints, spurred on by the candidate’s parents, we persevered and ultimately won the case. It was just one grade, but it mattered to the student and her parents a great deal.  As it should.  Also, this is the first A* in Art GCSE any of our students has achieved in recent memory so it mattered a great to the school too.  The fact that the student was in Year 9 at the time makes it all the more special.  Beyond the relief and satisfaction that justice has finally been served, this case highlights a number of underlying principles about exam moderation, the crude nature of some statistical processes and the David vs Goliath nature of challenging examination outcomes.

The situation was that…

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